Denmark • 1987 • 103 minutes • Color • 1.66:1 • French, Swedish
At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette's Feast is a deeply beloved cinematic treasure. Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, this is the layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. Babette's Feast combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne.
- New 2K digital film restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- New interview with actor Stéphane Audran
- Karen Blixen: Storyteller, a 1995 documentary about the author of the film's source story, who wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen
- New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda
- New interview with sociologist Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson about the significance of cuisine in French culture
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu and Dinesen's 1950 story